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Old 07-03-2019, 06:34 PM   #1
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Hey Murphy, Give me a break!

These curved wedges, available in both poly and metal, are popular and effective as either jacks or leveling devices. Usually carried to be a jack, my use yesterday was to up-level one side just a few inches...but my spotter got distracted by a visiting dog for just a few seconds...so when I got my "STOP" yell, it was just too late. This is a picture of what I saw, in a zero cell signal environment, and that thing was wedged in TIGHT between the tires. So what to do?
I can't drive either forward or backwards because each tire is imparting a different directional force making matters worse.
Macgyver move #1, which was to release the air out of both tires, didn't budge the thing.
MacG move #2 did the trick...using the tow truck's factory jack, I eventually was able to remove a wheel and get things back under control.
By the way, those anti-sway bars on an Equalizer hitch don't enjoy being jacked around...

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Old 07-03-2019, 06:45 PM   #2
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If you have a compressor, you might flatten rear tire then punch it out with hammer handle. If not, consider removing front tire. Another possibility would be to pull larger end outward with rope if you can then hammer center portion downward.
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Old 07-03-2019, 06:53 PM   #3
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OK, that is definitely a new one to me, at least. Will have to remember this, for future.
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:03 PM   #4
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Glad to hear I'm not the only one that has easily distracted spotters.
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Old 07-04-2019, 05:58 AM   #5
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Wow ! We had the same thing happen just the other day. Mine I stuck horizontally and I couldn't back up or go forward. I was able to pound it loose. Makes a hell of a noise when you try to move the trailer. I did more stupid stuff that weekend than before, not a newbie, but only 3rd time taking out new rig. I like getting stupid stuff out of the way early on.
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One other option is to use a jack to raise the camper enough to tap the wedge out. Iíve jacked up my camper on the frame in close proximity to the axle with no issues.
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Glad I have spread axles on my Freedom Express
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:59 AM   #8
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I think I would've Jacked both wheels off the ground, then rotate left tire clockwise and right tire counter clockwise.
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Old 07-04-2019, 03:08 PM   #9
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I think I would've Jacked both wheels off the ground, then rotate left tire clockwise and right tire counter clockwise.
That's what I would try too. Both wheels should be free to turn either way with no contact with the ground.
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Another possible. Block frame on both sides of the wheels as close as possible. Deflate tires and wedge should loosen enough to get out. Re-inflate tires.
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Until your spring hangers break.
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NOTE: Cell phones for spotter to driver? Use two-way radios, they always have signal. They are cheap. If that is all you ever use them for, cheap as $15 on the toy aisle at Walmart.
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Old 07-04-2019, 04:20 PM   #13
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This is a perfect example why I use those cheap 1x8 and 2x8 pressure treated boards cut to length to fit under my tires. Do not need a spotter to drive onto and no one is looking to make a five finger discount buy on them.
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I found that the $60 I spent on that type of leveler was a complete waste of money...It slides in gravel...not cool...
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I used my camco wedge yesterday in gravel and it worked fine
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Be careful what you ask for when you ask Murphy for a "break." That may mean a broken AC, Fridge, heater, water line... the possibilities are almost endless!

Taking a wheel off would have probably been my solution, too. Due to recent events, I've become very efficient with tire changes on the camper. Not Indy pit speed, but I get it done.
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Time to replace the "spotter"
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Time to replace the "spotter"


Mmmm. Prolly easier to ask for neighborly assistance. Replaced a couple times...it ainít easy. Ok. I got replaced.
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I think I would've Jacked both wheels off the ground, then rotate left tire clockwise and right tire counter clockwise.
That sounds like it would work!
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I have seen this before (two times in-person). Those things get wedged in between the tires like totally expanded X-Chocks. You can't move anything. One guy had to let all the air out of both tires, remove lug nuts, then force the wheels off. The other guy whipped out a saws-all and made quick work of the wedge.

I wouldn't own a set of them.
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